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All-New X-Men, Vol. 2: Here to Stay Hardcover – June 11, 2013
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In this book things really come to a head. Young Scott is trying to figure out what he’s supposed to do, trying to deal with knowing Professor X is dead (killed by his future self – although he still doesn’t know how that can be possible) and that the love of his life (Jean Grey) is also dead. He can’t think inside the revamped X-Men Academy so he decides to leave – and steals Wolverine’s motorcycle to do it. That, of course, sets up a hilarious sequence of events that actually turns out to be more touching than I would have supposed. Bendis is just awesome like that.
Jean Grey goes through a lot of turmoil as well, trying to make sense of everything that’s going on. I really like what Bendis is doing with her, giving her the approach that if she just works hard enough at everything, she’ll be able to fix it. That’s the Jean of old, and I like her as much now as I did back then.
The old X-Man character that really steals the show in this graphic novel, to me anyway, is Angel. When Warren Worthington III discovers that the high-flying Angel is still around, he expects him to be changed. What he doesn’t expect is that while Angel is still here, Warren isn’t. This is another change that I missed while being away from the X-books. This new Angel is just really freaking weird.
There are plenty of plot twists in this one too. Mystique is out doing her own thing, freeing bad guys and setting up missions. Bendis does like to stir the pot when he’s putting things in motion.
The most hilarious part of the book, and you can be amazed at how Bendis pulls that together while beating his readers over the head with sadness and melancholy – and even freaking them out a little, is when the Avengers discover that the past X-Men are hanging around with the present-day X-Men. The discussion between Captain America and Hank McCoy, as recounted by present-day Iceman and Kitty Pryde, has to be seen to be believed!
This book ends on quite the cliffhanger too. Present-day Cyclops confronts the Academy and his past self, and lays out the reasoning behind his course of action. Then he invites them to join him. And one of them evidently does, but we have to wait till the next graphic novel to find out who.
There is a lot to enjoy in this book as well as this series. Bendis does a lot with characterization, including the relationship between present-day Cyclops and present-day Magneto (though I’m thinking it would be interesting if past Magneto joined the party at some point). The layers Bendis builds up with the different characters, pushing them in different directions that you might ordinarily think, is really cool.
Kitty spends time training the 60's X-Men, our Angel meets 60's Angel, Storm is happy to see Jean and the Avengers make a brief cameo. Much like Claremont & Byrne's X-Men, Bendis focuses on Scott and Jean more than the other three. The art is fine (I'm pretty sure both Marquez and Immonen do it all by computer), but nothing exemplary.
Issues 6 to 10 of Bendis's X-Men run are collected in this trade.
We get many indications that it isn't going well. Scott is increasingly alienated from everyone on account of what his older self has done, Jean is struggling and failing to control her newly-discovered telepathic ability and not liking what she finds inside some of the others, Warren is furious that everyone wants to remain "out of time" and terrified because no-one will tell him why he hasn't met his future self yet despite having runs-in with almost all the surviving X-Men of old, Bobby is freaked out by all sorts of things and very annoying as the kid of the group, and Hank is perhaps not being written as well as the others as he has accommodated himself to the future with little fanfare or doubts.
The story is again a slow-burner, culminating in a really great (as in bad) moment involving Jean. It will all end in tears, I reckon.
Logan keeps venting about killing young Scott so old Scott will disappear, but he hasn't thought it through. If he simply persuades everyone to stay in the future until they mature, eventually Scott will not be in the past to do the things everyone hates him for and the universe will go into a loop and now my head hurts. Stupid X-Men.
The artwork is superb and the writing as good as I've ever come across in comics, though I'm not much of a comic reader to be honest. I did the whole Frank Miller Batman Reboot thing in the 80s (like who didn't?) and Watchmen in the aftermath of the movie, and have a vintage Judge Dredd habit I can't shake despite feeling I'm being taken for a ride every time I buy. I do a bit of Hellboy and stuck with Y The Last Man for longer than it deserved.
Lordy, I hope this idea ends properly so the canon is preserved and doesn't "do a Prisoner" and jump the shark into blither in Episode Terminus.
Blimey. I just remembered I have The Prisoner comics that were published in the 80s too. Have to dig them out.